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Despite record rain, Tate Farms expects good pumpkin crop

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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Too little rain is a problem for farmers and, ironically, too much rain can be just as damaging. This summer, there's been record rainfall forcing area farmers to take measures to protect their crop – if they can.

One farm, famed for its pumpkins, paid particularly close attention to the weather patterns to ensure plenty of the orange produce would be available.

Tate Farms Manager Stewart McGill said the staff based spraying fungicide on when it rains and how much rain falls.

And they've had to spray more often this year. Normally, the pumpkins are sprayed every couple weeks to protect them from disease and fungus. This year, the workers sprayed the crop nearly every week. One piece of luck though, McGill said the below-average temperatures helped protect the crop.

"It's been a battle all year long to fight the rain," he said. "But we don't want to complain about the rain. We can make a crop with the rain but we can't without it.

"So we have to learn to adapt to what we have."

McGill said Tate Farms have been fortunate because some neighboring farms lost entire crops this year.

He said come October – with good planning and hard work – there will be enough farm-grown pumpkins for visitors to pick.

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